The BenefitsLink Newsletter -
Welfare Plans Edition
December 6, 2000
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Final SPD Regulations Explain COBRA Language That Must Be in SPDs
Excerpt: "SPDs for group health plans must include specific language on the COBRA rights of participants and beneficiaries, including qualifying events, qualified beneficiaries, premiums, notice and election requirements and the duration of coverage, according to final regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)." (Thompson Publishing Group)
Humana and PacifiCare Settle Landmark ADA Lawsuit in Texas
Excerpt: "Humana Inc. and PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. have settled a ground-breaking Texas lawsuit alleging that they denied medical care to chronically ill health plan members and that the denials violated their patients' rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)." (insure.com)
City May Take Benefits From Gay Partners
Excerpt: "Two weeks after quietly becoming Orange County's second city to offer health benefits to the domestic partners of its gay employees, Mission Viejo is considering taking those benefits away." (Los Angeles Times)
What to Do If Your Health Insurer Says No
Excerpt: "A recent survey of 2,500 men and women under 65 conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Consumer Reports found that slightly more than half of the respondents had experienced some difficulty over the past year in getting health plans to pay their claims." (MSNBC.com)
HMO Shares Up in Hopes of Bush Victory
Excerpt: "Shares of managed care companies shot up Tuesday along with the broader stock market as investors anticipated a likely Republican victory in the White House that may spell relief for HMO reform in Washington." (New York Times; free registration required)
(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)
DOL Issues Final Rule on SPD Content Requirements
Excerpt: "There are no big surprises in the final rule, as it largely adopts the changes set forth in the DOL's proposed rule issued on September 8, 1998. The final rule's primary focus is on SPD requirements pertaining to group health plans, although the rule also identifies and clarifies SPD requirements for pension and other welfare benefit plans." (Groom Law Group)
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